Prosecutor: Dispute between groups led to stadium shooting

October 19, 2021 GMT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A dispute between two groups from two weeks earlier sparked a shooting that injured five people during a high school football game in Alabama, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Three teens accused of attempted murder initially entered the game between Vigor and Williamson high schools unarmed but then left and two returned with guns once metal detectors were removed from Ladd-Peebles Stadium, prosecutor Jennifer Wright told a hearing, news outlets reported.

Jai Montrell Scott, 19, was arrested Sunday on attempted murder charges, and police are looking for 19-year-old Hezekiah Kaniel Belfon, who is wanted on the same charges. A 17-year-old juvenile also was arrested but authorities haven’t released his name.

Belfon shot five people, Wright told District Judge Sprio Cheriogotis during a bond hearing. Scott was with the other two and urged them to violence, she said.

But Scott’s attorney, Dennis Knizley, said his client didn’t have anything to do with the gunfire. “Mr. Scott has no criminal history, whatsoever. No one is alleging that Mr. Scott had a gun or fired one,” he said.

The judge set bond at $250,000 for Scott.